Metropolitan Museum of Art Put 375,000 Artworks In The Public Domain For Free.
Metropolitan Museum of Art Director and CEO Thomas P. Campbell explained that the new policy will provide fans of the Met’s storied collection ― many of whom are unable to travel to the institution on a regular basis ― greater access to its holdings.
“We have been working toward the goal of sharing our images with the public for a number of years,” he said. “Our comprehensive and diverse museum collection spans 5,000 years of world culture and our core mission is to be open and accessible for all who wish to study and enjoy the works of art in our care.”
Wikipedia graciously offered its own explanation of the free licensing policy on Twitter, as well.
”The largest encyclopedic art museum in North America has eliminated the barriers that would otherwise prohibit access to its content,” Creative Commons CEO Ryan Merkley said in a statement, “and invited the world to use, remix, and share their public-domain collections widely and without restriction.